Wednesday, July 22, 2015

What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday

My desk in the early morning light with Allistair napping in the better part of it.  I had to continuously push his tail aside to keep from getting it glued to the art journal. 

I bought this paper stack with the intention of creating a summer art journal.  I have been tucking things away to put into it but did not have the inclination until this week to actually get it started.  I glued scrapbook paper onto all of the pages except a handful in the middle in case I find something else I want to use.  This is the first time approaching an art journal like this.  Generally I complete one 2 page spread at a time but because I’m getting such a late start I decided to try this approach. 

Blank notebook from Chronicle Books.

  Some of my favorite papers:

Now the real work begins when I complete each of the pages.  I will fill the pages with photos I take over the summer, ephemera from trips, magazine pictures and articles and quotes.  Will be sure to post photos as i work on it.


ABC letter ATCs - J: Joy
I am catching up on the swaps I missed to have a the complete alphabet set.  My partner liked the color purple and beading (not my thing) but I had a go at incorporating both for her ATC.  

Hand drawn/painted postcard swap
I tried my hand at some mail art.  I used Rae Missigman's Happenstance Collection stencils.  It was fun but not sure it is something I want to get into.

A request 

I am creating an altered book for my oldest son, Thayer.  Because his name is so unusual he could never buy any of those trinkets with his name on it found in souvenir shops.
I am asking folks to search their town's directory for a street sign or a business with his name in it, snap a photo and send it to me (either snail mail or email). 
* If you know how to get the coordinates via the GPS on your phone that would be great, otherwise just the name of the town & state/ country.   

Joining up with What’s onYour Workdesk? Wednesday where desk snooping is not only allowed but all part of the fun!


  1. He has found a cozy space, I don't blame him for wanting to be near that pretty paper. You've got lots of lovely crafting going on. Happy WOYWW! Susanne #45

  2. I love that photo showing the pages of the journal--I don't know why scrapbook papers make me so happy, but those are so gorgeous all together in one journal. So summery too. I also have my crafty kitty in the photo this week--can't imagine crafting without a kitty either at my feet or on my desk! Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #38

  3. Lol at your cat! Aren't they great at being in the wrong place? Adore the purple card, one of my favourite colours, and some of those scrapbook papers are amazing- the butterflies really caught my eye. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #11 xxx

  4. Hehe - I have a helper of that kind, too :D Gotta love them! Your pages are just gorgeous.

    Happy WOYWW,
    Evelyn/Evalila # 53

  5. What happy, bright colours on your post today! Love the Solstice papers and your completed pages :-)
    Hugs, LLJ 4 xxx

  6. Hi Diane you've so much going on this week. Good luck at finding the photo you need. Have a great woyww and happy crafting, Angela x 28

  7. I am a subscriber to your blog via email, and I enjoy every time I see a post from you in my inbox. I am sorry I don't comment more regularly, I do want you to know how much I love your work and what you write! I think the book you created with the scrapbook paper is lovely and I can't wait to see how it turns out.

    I had to comment today because my name is Maureen, so I feel for Thayer because I could never buy things with my name in them either. In fact, it because a thing in my family, if you see anything with my name on it, you have to buy it because it is so rare! I will look around the Atlanta area for Thayer and see if I can find anything to help!

    Have a great day and thanks for always making my day!


  8. Cool idea. My kids felt the same way.

  9. Hi Diane, happy WOYWW, love the waterlily on your notebook and all those fab papers wow...lots of colour. Enjoy your week RobynO#9

  10. It's always delightful to find cats in WOYWW! And your journal project is lovely!
    Happy WOYWW!
    Hugs, peggy aplSEEDS@3

  11. The journal is beautiful and you've done a lovely job with the ATCs.

  12. Hi Diane, just saw your comment on my Brusho post about the Ken Oliver Colour Bursts. If it's any help with your choice, Dini, from Splitcoast Stampers did a great video( and blog post) about these powders, encompassing about 4 brands. Link to it here,
    She compares there attributes, as well as the colour ranges available, and costs. A very useful read. Hugs, Shaz xxx

  13. Hullo Diane, love your two final artwork, the last I like better though,... Art journaling is too challenging for me, never good at ongoing things ...except reading my bible now come to think of it :), sorry can't think of ever seeing anything with Thayer in it...
    Have you thought of googling Thayer in a Google images?? Reckon you should get some there.
    Happy WOYWW, thanks for popping over, Shaz in Oz.x #20

    {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}


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